Rabbit Facts

Sept_2012_1A Rabbit Diet for Healthy Hopping

In the wild, rabbits spend their days eating grass and other greens. At home, rabbits depend on us for a proper diet.  Making sure they get enough water and fiber is important not only for their digestive health, but also for their continuously growing teeth. Keep reading for top tips to a healthy rabbit diet.

Hay for High Fiber

Hay is vital to a rabbit’s diet and should be available at all times. It provides roughage (fiber) and can prevent serious health issues, as well as obesity.  There are two basic types of hay: legume hay and grass hay. Legume hay (alfalfa or clover) is tastier for rabbits, but should be used in Continue reading

Kitty Hydration Tips

Dec_2013_3Is your cat drinking enough water? Depending on her weight and diet, your cat should be drinking two to four ounces a day. If your cat is a picky kitty, you may need to try a few things to keep her properly hydrated. To encourage water drinking, follow these tips…

Sparkling Clean H20

  • Refresh your cat’s water every day. Water that sits for a few days can get stale or contaminated.
  • Offer filtered water rather than tap water, which has minerals and chlorine.
  • If your cat eats dry food, make sure fresh water is always available. Don’t add water to her food though. It could lead to spoilage.
  • If your cat is on a wet-food diet, she will need less water, but feel free to add a little to her food bowl. Continue reading

Training Your Dog Leash Manners

Dec_2014_1It’s a challenge to teach your dog not to pull on his leash when he’s busy exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. But it’s possible with consistent training. The next time Fido pulls ahead to explore, use these techniques to teach him leash manners.

Method 1: Stop and Go

  • When your dog starts to pull, stop walking and wait.
  • When he stops, praise him then move on.
  • Repeat this every time he pulls on the leash and he’ll eventually learn that pulling will keep him from walking.

Method 2: About Face

  • With this method, your dog’s pulling will have you making an about face.
  • When your dog starts pulling, turn around and walk back from where you came. Let the leash check your dog (gently). Continue reading

Waterless Bath

May_2012_1If getting your pet into the bath is difficult, cleanse his coat with the Waterless Bath instead. It uses natural enzymes and Aloe Vera to remove odor and refresh your pet’s skin and coat. It’s safe, non-toxic, non-irritating and ideal for pets of all ages. Use it as an easy bath alternative or as a quick refresher between baths.

Waterless Bath is available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

Your Tank Check Cheat Sheet

March_2013_1Remember the feeling you had when you first got your fish tank? You were excited about your new pets, very attentive to their needs and checked the tank often. But like a new pool owner, you’ve slowly let more time lapse between water tests and tank maintenance has become a chore. Does this sound like you? Use this cheat sheet to get back on track with your tank checks.

First, make sure you know the ideal water temperature and chemistry for your tank. Temperature and other levels may vary, depending on the tank size, amount and type of fish and whether or not you’re breeding fish.

Testing kits

If you don’t yet have a water testing kit, getting one should be your next step. There are two types of kits: those with test strips and reagent kits with liquid drops. For the casual fish keeper Continue reading

Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite During Play

Dec_2013_3Your adorable cat or kitten likes to play with her favorite toys… your hands and fingers. What do you do? You discourage rough play and offer substitute toys instead. Here’s how:

 

  • Have playtime with your cat every day. Instead of using your hands, encourage her to play with toys.
  • Offer her a variety of toys. Also experiment with different toys to see which she likes best. Try toys she can chase like those with feathers or danglers. Cats also enjoy toys they can bat at, like fake mice.
  • Help your cat avoid boredom and give her new items to investigate as well, like cardboard boxes, paper bags, etc. Continue reading

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

Dec_2014_1Here’s something you might not know about your dog: he can lose 50 percent of his muscle or body fat and survive, but losing just 10% of his water weight could be dangerous. Water is easy to overlook, but its importance can’t be understated. Read on for tips on how to keep your dog hydrated.

Signs of dehydration

Your dog may be dehydrated if he:

  • Is lethargic or sluggish
  • Has sunken eyes
  • Shows a loss of appetite
  • Has dry, sticky gums
  • Seems depressed Continue reading

Got Algae? These Fish Will Algae in Your Tank

Dec_2013_4Algae… it’s persistent, pervasive and can blanket an aquarium in green growth. While some algal growth is normal, it’s important to reach a healthy balance in your tank’s ecosystem. One way to reach this balance is with algae-eating fish.

These freshwater fish are good algae eaters:

Plecos – A type of suckermouth catfish, plecos are among the best algae eaters. While common plecos are popular, they’re best used in very large aquariums as they can grow up to two feet. For the home aquarium, better choices include the bushynose pleco and the bristlenose pleco, which eat all types of algae and reach a maximum of four to six inches.

Pygmy Suckermouth – The pygmy suckermouth or Otocinclus resembles the pleco, but is smaller (up to two inches). They do well in aquariums with plants as their size allows them to eat algae off small leaves. “Otos” are a schooling fish however and should be kept in groups of three or more.  Continue reading

Do You Know Your Cat’s Body Language?

Dec_2013_3Do you know what your kitty is saying? A cat uses her posture, tail, ears and expression to convey what she feels. Feline body language can be subtle, making it easy to misinterpret their signals. Read on for a guide to your cat’s body language.

Happy cat – Tail up, alert eyes, brisk movements.

Aggressive cat – Arched back, ears pointed up, movements are more forward and direct.

Playful cat – Fast and energetic movements, engages other cats or people in play.

Insecure cat – Avoids contact, grooms nervously, more common in smaller/younger cats. Continue reading

Training Your Dog in 5-Minute Sessions

Dec_2014_1You’re busy and don’t really have enough time to train your dog… or so you think. Did you know you can train your dog in sessions of 5 to 10 minutes?

Short training sessions are great for busy parents and they also help dogs. Learning in shorter chunks keeps them motivated and focused. Here’s how to get started…

Choose a time for training

Walk your dog every day? Include a short training activity in one of your daily walks. If you don’t walk your dog, set aside 5 to 10 minutes for a playtime session that will double as training. Daily sessions are best, but if you can’t fit them in, shoot for a few times a week.

One command at a time

Focus on one basic command—sit, stay, come, heel or down—until your dog has mastered it. For example, show your dog the command and what you expect, reward him when he does it correctly and keep reinforcing it. With practice, your dog will start following your commands consistently. Continue reading